The continent of Africa, especially Egypt, has heaved a huge sigh of relief after the person who was suspected to have been infected by the deadly Coronavirus was certified free of the virus by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The man who was identified as a Chinese national underwent a PCR analysis and the result came out negative, meaning that he is not a carrier of coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
The Egyptian Health Ministry in a joint press conference with the World Health Organization (WHO) announced this on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Recall that the man was confirmed to have shown symptoms of the virus and suspected to be a carrier of the virus on February 14, 2020, making Egypt the first country in Africa to have a confirmed case of the deadly disease.
He was then admitted to a specially designated hospital for isolation where a medical team has been conducting periodic checks and analysis on him.
According to the spokesperson of the ministry of health in Egypt, Khaled Megahed, PCR analysis was conducted six times over three consecutive days under the supervision of the Health Ministry and the WHO, and it came back negative in all the tests
The Chinese man will, however, remain in quarantine for the next 14 days, according to the Egyptian health ministry. This is necessary to ensure that the government authorities and the WHO are sure that the man is not a carrier of the virus as earlier suspected.
It may interest you to know that as of Wednesday, February 19, 2020, over 2,004 people in mainland China have died from the outbreak, which has now spread to 27 countries. A couple of deaths have been reported outside China.
As at the time of publishing this report, over 74,185 infections have been confirmed in mainland China, most of them in Wuhan – the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.